Motorcycle Tech Information
Registration must be completed with the GBM staff and a tech card received, before you can undergo technical inspection and proceed onto the racing surface.
Please have your machine ready to run/race when you arrive. It won’t be approved by tech officials until it is ready to proceed to the racing surface.
Motorcycles tech differently than their four-wheeled counterparts.
Here are the main issues we will address.
- Is your kickstand secured? Your spring return isn’t enough on a racetrack. Use a plastic strap tie or duct tape to secure your kickstand in the up and locked position before you come to tech.
- Tape over your speedometer. It’s the rule.
- Make sure your throttle returns quickly and positively. We want to see it snap back when you release the grip.
- Change your antifreeze for straight water. If your bike puts antifreeze on the surface, it shuts the entire track down and may result in suspension. Antifreeze is 100 times worse than water on asphalt (It’s like wet ice). Swap it out for water before you proceed to tech.
- Tape over or remove lights, signal and mirrors. They all shatter and they all puncture tires.
Here’s the rest of the points to cover before you reach tech inspection:
- Brakes: Make sure they’re properly functioning, front and back, with no leaks, because we’ll check.
- Chain: Check your drivechain adjustment. Too tight or too loose means breakage. Refer to manufacturer’s specification. Also, check your master link. A rivet style link is preferred, but a standard ‘slip on’ while suffice if you put a dab of silicone on the key to secure it.
- Now that you’ve ensured your brake lines don’t leak, check the rest of the bike. Your engine and suspension components must also be leak free.
- Overall track worthiness: These are the small things that can lead to disaster. Loose lines can snag. If it can flop around, it can be snagged and lead to a crash.
- Body: All body parts must be secured or removed.
- Mechanical: Check your fasteners and ensure they’re secured at recommended torque.
- Tires: Properly inflated, with structural integrity intact (sidewall, tread, steel-belts, bulges).
As always, the tech inspector has the final decision on whether a machine or rider/driver is race ready.
Please respect their decisions and suggestions. Their only goal is to ensure that you and your fellow riders can run as safely as possible.